TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT -                            Poelkapelle, Belgium
 





The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT text plate.



















Above left;

THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT located in the village of Poelkapelle, West Flanders, Belgium.

The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT commemorates 243 WW1 
TANK CORPS soldiers, commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium.

Also commemorated; a single WW2 ROYAL TANK REGIMENT soldier rests nearby in Cement House CWGC cemetery.
 
The memorial information board reveals dedicated text in Dutch, French, English & German along with a superb image of the British tank D29 Damon II originally placed for display close to where the TMYS proudly stands today.

Above right:

No longer in the shadow of the outstanding George Guynemer Memorial, the TMYS illuminated for all to see likewise.






The TMYS floor enclosure reveals the 8 crew positions to be found in a British MK 4 tank.

The coloured bricks are representative of the Tank Corps and RTR colours today;   Brown, red & green.

The brown area reveals the operating space or crew compartment within the tank. Green indicates crew positions for the tank commander, driver & 2 gears operators.
Red reveals the gunners stations for both male & female tanks.

The central black area represents the internally located petrol engine which the crew had to work around......imagine!!


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TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT 

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE


 
















Lt (Retd) Ian Robertson formerly of the Irish Guards & family members proudly stand alongside the TMYS Garden of Remembrance in St George's Memorial Church, Ypres.

Ian is the current TMYS Vice President & is seen wearing his Great Uncle's medal group which includes the VC, posthumously awarded to Capt Clement Robertson VC on October 4th 1917 at Reutel near Ypres. This being the 1st of 4 VC's awarded to the Tank Corps during WW1. Such an honour for the TMYS is this. 

The Garden contains 244 personalised poppy tributes, one for each WW1 and WW2 tank soldier commemorated by the TMYS. Each is fixed into a wooden beam system emulating the concrete system as used by the CWGC for headstone fixing within their cemeteries. The garden also contains flanders fields soil collected from the Ypres Salient battlefields where Tank Corps soldiers fought and fell.

The garden is stored in a secure room within the Langemark-Poelkapelle town hall and is placed at the memorial during the annual ceremony.

Throughout 2017-18, the garden will be on public display in the 
town hall foyer during dedicated Tank Corps action dates as will the "TMYS Book of Remembrance" which will be available for signature. 

On conclusion of 2018 the book will be placed within the TMYS archives in perpetuity.


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The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT acknowledgement letter received from BUCKINGHAM PALACE & Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation. 




























On receipt of the above letter signed by Sonia Bonici, Senior Correspondence Secretary to HM the Queen's Private Secretary at Buckingham Palace, key persons who assisted Chris & Milena with the creation and construction of the TMYS in due course received 
Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium commendations. 
 
These were presented on conclusion of a special commemoration reception held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels where Her Excellency, Ambassador Dr Rachel Aaron offered the following statement to all present:
 
On behalf of Her Majesty's Government and her people, I thank Chris and his committee for their dedication and for their great achievement on behalf of the tank crews lost in the Ypres Salient.
 
*The above statement is revealed within the official commendation itself & for that Ambassador Aaron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank you.


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THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT STANDARD











































The current TMYS Standard & Standard Bearer Mr Wayne Evans, formerly of the Royal Armoured Corps, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards & Cheshire Yeomanry Squadron, The Queen's own Yeomanry.


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THE TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT LEGACY CD contains a unique photograph of every soldier's grave or memorial listing commemorated.

Also included are the CWGC burial/memorial, personal military/civil details where known, applicable to each soldier.
 
Each soldier's grave or memorial received a dedicated visit, poppy tribute & Exhortation with details being registered in the cemetery/memorial visitors book. This being on top of every commemorated soldier having a personalised poppy cross fixed within the memorial's dedicated garden of remembrance.

Copies of the TMYS Legacy CD have since been placed into the care of Royal Tank Regiment RHQ & Bovington Tank Museum. 

*Donations gratefully received on behalf of TMYS commemorative funds.

The joint 2012 HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee & 
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT ceremony "Commemoration Medal"

In order to commemorate the unique 2012 HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee & the 2012 TMYS annual ceremony, a one off run of commemorative medals were created & purchased by the TMYS founders to celebrate this joint commemoration.
*The medal design is the result of an official nationals schools competition coupled with accompanying ribbon bearing the colours of the TANK CORPS & RTR. 
 
The Honorary President, Vice President, Board of Administrators, the TMYS Standard Bearer & assistant memorial pipers each received the medal with accompanying diploma during the concluding reception.


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The current Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, 
Lt General (Retd) David Leakey CMG CBE

Honorary President of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT & it's supporting Friends organisation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Leakey


Prior to his retirement from the Army and pre Black Rod status;
the then serving Lt General David Leakey CMG CBE seen alongside 
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & then 
Major General Chris Deverell MBE at Buckingham Palace. 

Major General Deverell dedicated the TMYS at it's inauguration ceremony in 2009 & is today, Sir Lt General Chris Deverell KCB MBE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Deverell


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TANK CORPS/TMYS tie & TMYS Supporters brass tie/lapel pin.

Top quality, UK made embroidered polyester tie 15.00 sterling
Top quality TMYS brass supporters tie/lapel pin 3.60 sterling

P/P from Belgium; Tie alone or as a set 2.85 sterling
P/P from Belgium; Pin alone 90p sterling

All proceeds less production/pp charges on behalf of TMYS flags replacement, ceremonial poppy wreath provision & TMYS Standard Bearer's uniform accoutrements.


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KINDLY SUPPORTED BY;

St GEORGE'S MEMORIAL CHURCH, Ypres.
 
Courtesy of Chaplain; Squadron Leader ( Retd ) Revd Brian Llewellyn, also Honorary Chaplain; Friends of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT.





St George's Memorial Church Ypres.













































































The TMYS Standard was most kindly gifted by;

the Royal Tank Regiment Association Nottingham Branch and blessed at the altar by Revd Brian. In due course the Standard at the end of it's working lifetime will eventually be laid up alongside others within this fine military memorial church.





























Above;

Members of the RTRA Nottingham Branch attend the TMYS Standard handover ceremony which saw the Standard first blessed by Chaplain Revd Brian during a most special service before the new Standard was paraded for the very first occasion at the Menin Gate Memorial famous last post ceremony.


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Official support continues.......































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Selected images taken during the 10th October 2009 
TMYS Inauguration ceremony.



















































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NEW MEMORIAL plaque & TANK CORPS flag inaugurated at Reutel, Ypres.


Designed & Installed by immediate relatives of Captain Clement Robertson VC &           Gunner Cyril Allen DCM TANK CORPS.

The memorial plaque came with permission being granted by the owners of the Merlijn Restaurant which also included much assistance from those who serve the TMYS. 

The founders of the TMYS are privileged & honoured to be considered as guardians & representatives of this fine memorial on the ground today.

The below images confirm these two gallant men and their Tank Corps comrades who fought and fell alongside them have not been forgotten.


















Above left;
The memorial plaque fixed to the wall of the Merlijn restaurant at Reutel.

Above right;
The Tank Corps flag overlooking "Robertson's Bridge and Tank Corps battlefield.
















Above left;
Commemoration and remembrance achieved.


Above right;
The memorial plaque & Tank Corps flag located at the Merlijn restaurant Reutel, Ypres.




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LINCOLN TANK MEMORIAL


Recently the Friends of the TMYS were in position to offer limited but valuable financial assistance to the creation of the Lincoln Tank Memorial.
























The "Champion of the Tank" certificate reveals the limited but valuable assistance the Friends of the TMYS were able to offer this most important "Home Front Tank Memorial" the LINCOLN TANK.




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